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Best Specialty Camps for Kids in Michigan

Traditional camp will always be in style, but these days, there are a lot more options for how your child whiles away his summer days. Here are 10 types that are breaking the mold of your childhood and getting today's kids psyched for summer.

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Music camp options

The Community House Theatre Camp

  • Address: 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-644-5832

Music, dance, theater

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

  • Address: 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Phone: 586-286-2044

Show choir, children's chorus (theater, flute and clarinet also available)

Mostly Music Camp

  • Address: P.O. Box 3139, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-426-8337

Music (dance, art, theater also available)

Adventure

Why they're popular: Thrill seekers alert! If your child likes to be active and has a bit of a daredevil streak, sign him or her up for an adventure camp.

What they offer: While you can find day camps, for maximum thrills you might want to check out overnight options, where kids are busy doing everything from backpacking to horseback riding.

Adventure camp options

Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Day Camps

  • Address: Various locales in Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-794-6240

Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, rafting

Camp Fire's Camp Valor

  • Address: 9750 Milford Road, Holly
  • Phone: 248-382-8382

Game-based (sleep away)

Mystic Lake YMCA Camp

  • Address: 9505 W. Ludington Drive, Lake
  • Phone: 517-827-9650

Offers "Teen Extreme" and "Discovery Adventure" camps (sleep away)

Tech

Why they're popular: These days most tweens and teens have cell phones – and many are smartphones, meaning they're  carrying around a piece of high-tech gadgetry wherever they go. No wonder so many kids are all about technology!

What they offer: All things tech. Kids can learn computer-aided design, build their own computer apps and much more.

Tech camp options

IT Day Camp of Ann Arbor

  • Address: Various locales
  • Phone: 734-646-0251 

Five-day technology courses for kids

Michigan State University

  • Address: 220 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing
  • Phone: 517-432-2129

Two-week sleep away or day camp for children in grades 7, 8, 9

University of Detroit Mercy Pre-College Summer Programs

  • Address: 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-993-1435

Product development, architecture, robotics

Career exploration

Why they're popular: Kids have a week-long opportunity to explore an area that they're interested in to see if it's something they want to pursue as a career.

What they offer: Often, these programs are affiliated with a college or university – so whatever programs are available through the school may be something offered as a summer camp experience.

Career exploration camp options

College for Creative Studies

  • Address: 201 E. Kirby St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-664-1532

Range of programming including graphic, fashion and automotive design

iD Tech Camps & iD Teen Academies

  • Address: Takes place at University of Michigan, 500 S. State St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 888-709-8324

Computer skills for tweens/teens

Anton/Frankel Center

  • Address: 20 S. Main St., Mount Clemens
  • Phone: 248-370-2100

Broad career exploration camp, engineering, nursing, math and others held by Oakland University

Cooking

Why they're popular: The Food Network has turned chefs into rock stars. Children with an interest in the kitchen have taken notice, and they're interested in sharpening their culinary skills too.

What they offer: Camps give kids a chance to learn everything from basic skills in the kitchen to more advanced baking and cooking techniques.

Cooking camp options

Ann Arbor Cooks

  • Address: 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-645-1030

Parent/child, family dining, kids' only classes

Schoolcraft Kids on Campus, Schoolcraft College

  • Address: 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-462-4448

Kids-only classes

Sur La Table: Kids' & Teens' Summer Cooking Camps

  • Address: Locations in Ann Arbor, Clinton Township, Novi and Troy
  • Phone: 586-226-1452 (Clinton Township), 248-319-0025 (Novi), 248-283-1057 (Troy), 734-531-0304 (Ann Arbor)

Focuses on cooking one dish

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